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the heart of the middle east conflict today. and the first to go. the season's first casualty had never seen "dancing with the stars" until he was on it. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. we begin with breaking news from japan, a country that just can't get a break. >> a powerful typhoon, packing winds of up o to 135 miles per hour, is hitting the heart of that country right now, forcing a million people to leave their homes. >> abc's akiko fujita just filed this report from a very rainy tokyo. >> reporter: this was the scene in innagoya, where we've seen t rivers burst at the seam. more than 15 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours. that is the same region that is
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still reeling from a typhoon that killed dozens of people earlier this month. in some areas, office workers had to be rescued from their building by boat, when the waters got too high. the typhoon is now headed northeast, straight for the tsunami zone and the area around the crippled fukushima nuclear plant. the storm is expected to pass through there tonight, bringing strong winds and ten inches of rain. here in tokyo, more than a hundred domestic and international flights have been cancelled. bullet train delayed, as people here brave their 15th typhoon of the season. akiko fujita, abc news, tokyo. >> an awful year for that country. at least five people have been killed by that storm so far. that toll is likely to grow. and abc news is getting answers to another international saga. the president of iran is reassuring americans that two jailed hikers will be released. speaking exclusively to abc's
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george stephanopoulos, president ahmadinejad wouldn't say exactly when shane bauer and josh fattal will be able to come home. but he did guarantee their freedom. bail has been set for the two men. but their release appears bogged down by internal politics. ahmadinejad is in new york for the opening of the united nations, where president obama will speak today. mr. obama is also grappling with an issue that's haunted presidents for decades. finding a path to middle east peace. abc's scott goldberg explains what the president is doing about the issue today. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, tanya. this is going to be a pivotal day, as the palestinians try to accomplish something they couldn't through years of peace talks. and the united nations tries to convince the palestinians to give those talks with israel one more chance. the issue the united nations hasn't been able to solve for decades is landing this week at its doorstep. palestinian president mahmoud abbas comes to new york, ready to ask the u.n. security
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council, to recognize palestine as an independent state. it's something israel opposes. and the united states has thret the end of >> at the end of the day, peace is going to have to be made between the parties. it can't be imposed from the t outside. >> reporter: the obama administration is scrambling behind the scenes, hoping a way around a diplomatic showdown, and a resumption of the peace talks that the palestinians see as having failed one time too many. >> we need to see something practical, something genuine put on the table, to tell the palestinian people that there is hope to finally establish their independent, sovereign state. >> reporter: away from the u.n.n it's an issue republican presidential candidates have seized, using words like naive and arrogant, to describe president obama's approach, sensing an opportunity to paint the president as anti-israel. >> this administration encouraged the palestinians to shun direct talks.
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>> reporter: today, president obama is getting involved directly. e has meetings with benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas. trying to convince everyone together it's better to shake hand forced by u.n. decree. rob and tanya? >> thank you. afghan president karzai cut short his trip to the u.n. and rushed home after the assassination of a top leader. the head of the high peace council, was an aide to the president. and his death is a major blow to the peace effort. abc's nick schifrin has more on the attack from kabul. >> reporter: he thought he was meeting a man with a message directly from taliban leaders. the guest was deemed so
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important, he was escorted in, without any security checks. he did deliver a message -- just not the one rabbani expected. "this man put explosives inside his turban," says an aide. >> it will have no affect on the pace of pulling u.s. troops out of afghanistan. the u.s. is reportedly expanding its use of drone aircraft in eastern africa. building secret drone bases, making it easier to target al qaeda in somalia and yemen. officials say now that pakistan is putting pressure on terrorists there, terror groups are looking for new opportunities in africa. and a new tropical storm has formed in the atlantic ocean. ophelia spun into existence with winds of 140 miles per hour. puerto rico is in the storm's path. but it won't reach there until sunday at the earl qwest. ophelia is the 15th named storm of the season. >> stay away from us. >> please. >> stay out there. now, take a look at your weather from around the country on this wednesday morning. fall comes early to the upper plains and western great lakes, where a cold front is now moving through. also some showers develop in the
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mid-atlantic states and then moves north. some rain from south carolina, south down to new orleans. but still pretty hot and dry in texas. and beautiful out west, except for a few showers around southeast colorado. >> 76 in seattle. 77, l.a. 51 in fargo. and 56 in minneapolis. chicago is 70, but drops to the 50s overnight. dallas is still a warm 91. new orleans, 88. baltimore, 77. new york, 75. and boston is 72. and coming up after the break, how much will your home be worth next year at this time? we've got the gloomy forecast. and one baby who couldn't wait. being born on a flight above the pacific ocean. on top of that, the teen that went to his local fishing hole and caught that. khkhkhkhkhh
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industry analysts say housing prices will stay depressed for years. they are expected to drop another 2.5% this year, after falling nearly one-third since the peak in 2005. the average homeowner now holds just under 39% equity. it was once almost 60%. overall, homeowners have lost $7 trillion in equity in the past six years. congressional republican leaders last night delivered an unusual warning to the federal reserve, don't do it. the fed, this week, is
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considering some further steps to lower interest rates. republicans say, though, that could harm an already weak u.s. economy by increasing the risk of high inflation. now, the fed operates independently of the white house and congress. but several republican presidential hopefuls have criticized fed chairman ben bernanke in recent weeks. overseas markets are mixed as investors wait to see what the fed will or won't do. tokyo's nikkei average gained 20 points today. hong kong's hang seng is down about 80. and in london, the ftse opened higher. now, on wall street, the dow picked up just eight points yesterday. the nasdaq index lost 23. top executives of a bankrupt solar energy company say they won't answer questions at a congressional hearing later this week. instead, they will invoke their fifth amendment rights. the fbi is investigating why solyndra went bankrupt, despite a $500 million federal loan and a visit by the president to the california company. and the airlines are fighting back against president obama's plan to raise fees on air travel. the airline's trade group says
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it's unfair to make the carriers and passengers pay more overall for anti-terrorism security. they say taxes and fees already make up 20% of a typical ticket. and fans of the movie "avatar" who want to visit the planet pandora will get their wish. disney, which owns abc, now also owns the rights to build theme park attractions based on "avatar." the first will be built in orlando and will open up in about five years. >> yeah. >> might take the kids. next on this wednesday morning, a very public response to the end of don't ask don't tell. a soldier comes out to his father and posts the video on youtube. plus, good thing he has a day job. "dancing with the stars" loses its first celebrity of the new season. we'll be back. [ male announcer ] this is lara. her morning begins with arthritis pain. that's a coffee and two pills. the afternoon tour begins with more pain and more pills.
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and now, for a look at morning road conditions today. trouble at some point today
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all along the i-95 corridor, from maine down to florida. rainy on i-20, from colombia, south carolina to atlanta. and on i-10, from tallahassee to jacksonville. watch out on i-94, from fargo to milwaukee. and on i-25, from denver to albuquerque. >> if you're flying, airport delays are possible in minneapolis, atlanta, charlotte and d.c. to mark the end of the pentagon's don't ask, don't tell policy, the biggest gay community center in tulsa, oklahoma, invited recruiters to pay a call. >> the marines took them up on it and spent the first day that gay men and women could openly serve in the military taking up their service. only a few potential recruits stopped by. but lots of people came in to shake the recruiters' hands. >> end of an era for the u.s. military for sure. >> absolutely. and the don't ask repeal gave one army soldier the courage to make the hardest call of his life. randy phillips called his dad in alabama, to tell him he is gay. a moment he actually shared on youtube.
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>> can i tell you something? >> yeah. >> will you love me? >> yes. >> you will always love me? dad, i'm gay. like, always have been, have known since forever. and i know i haven't seen you in like a year. and i don't knt time i'll be able to see you. i didn't want to do it over the phone. but i wanted to tell you in person. but i mean, i didn't want you to find out any other way. >> randy's father assured him that he still loves him and that he will all be proud of him. and one of the leading opponents of the don't ask policy says its repeal is only a partial victory. lieutenant dan choi was expelled from the army national guard after coming out on a tv show.
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he says discrimination in the military won't go away overnight. still, choi plans to re-enlist. on new york's long island, police investigating a series of murders are now asking for the public's help. they released new details they hope will jog someone's memory, including possible sketches of two of the victims. as well as pictures of jewelry worn by some of the others. investigators have unearthed ten bodies along a remote stretch of beach. but onlyfied so fa been identified so far. and a dad is now warning parents to beware of secret spy cams hidden in bathrooms at starbucks. he said his 5-year-old daughter discovered a video camera, that was on and recording under the bathroom sink at starbucks in norfolk, virginia, a mall there. he is now suing for $1 million. a flight from the philippines landed in san francisco with a passenger onboard who wasn't there on takeoff. a mom gave birth at 35,000 feet, stunning the crew and passengers. luckily, there were three nurses onboard to help with the delivery.
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mom and baby are now on solid ground and doing just fine. congratulations to them. and a south florida teenager will soon have a new trophy for his bedroom. that's the 800-pound gator that tim stroh pulled out of the canal over the weekend, using a fishing pole. he was able to pull the huge reptile close to his boat. and since his dad is a taxidermist, the gator's head will soon be mounted for tim's room. turning to the sports news this morning and a big disappointment for the boston red sox. we get the baseball highlights from will selva at espn news. >> good morning. the red sox's grasp on the a.l. wild card certainly loosening for the moment. the red sox scuffling and perhaps gripping those bats a little tighter. adrian gonzalez, a two-run bomb. number 27 for him. his 12th opposite field shot.
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jonathan papelbon in in the eighth. orioles down five to force the bases loaded. robert andino brings home three runs. second blown save of the season for papelbon. o's win it 7-5. rays in the bronx, opening up a four-game set against the yankees. yankees up 1-0. curtis granderson, the grandy man can. clears the bases. everyone's in. the yankees go up 4-0. top seven, yankees up 5-0. the rays load the bases. ivan nova says, nope. to b.j. upton. inning-ending double-play. yanks blank the rays. braves holding on to their lead in the national league wild card. braves taking on the marlins. alex gonzalez, another gonzalez going deep here. solo blast. braves get on the board first, 1-0. top six, freddie freeman gets every bit of that pitch. braves snap a four-game losing streak on the road.
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braves win 4-0. cardinals hosting the mets in st. louis. bottom five. cardinals down 5-3. lance berkman, off mike pelfry. two runs are in. cardinals tie it up at 5-5. now, bottom seventh, bases loaded, two outs. ryan theriot.he gaper. that's the gaper. ground rule double. pujols and berkman both scores. cardinals take the 7-6 lead and they crush the mets, 11-6. that will do it for this update. i'm will selva. well, so much for world peace. basketball star, ron artest, who recently had his name officially changed to metta world peace. >> that's mr. peace to you. >> mr. peace. well, guess what. it didn't really matter. he was the first contestant to be voted off "dancing with the stars." >> that's right. judges said metta world peace's cha, cha, cha was all sizzle and no sausage. and his footwork in the ballroom was atrocious.
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no biggie said world peace on last night's "jimmy kimmel live." >> had you ever seen a full episode of "dancing with the stars" before this? >> no. i'd never seen the show before. >> ron, you thought you should have got a 12. but not total. you wanted a 12 from each judge. unfortunately, it only goes up to ten. >> oh, wow. >> metta world peace also becomes the first athlete to be booted from the show in the first round. he will be on "good morning america" later this morning. >> i'm more sorry to see his partner go. that's just me. that's just me. all right. >> a surprise. coming up next, our top story on this wednesday morning. the latest on that typhoon that is hitting japan's tsunami zone right now. plus, nasa's forecast. a 100% chance of space junk falling to earth. but where? hydrates... renews... seems like an amazing moisturizer? actually... it's an amazing makeup. introducing revlon age defying with dna advantage. its powerful skincare ingredients and spf 20
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bauer and josh fattal could be released at any time now after two years behind bars. our terry mcsweeney will have live coverage. mike nicco is following the forecast. >> another spare the air day. we'll show you where the poor air quality will reside this afternoon. and the 90-degree heat. >> sue hall wi and finally from us, early morning -- early warnings for earthquakes, even a few seconds could make a big difference and save lives. >> new alert technology is now being tested out in california, where they will be especially eager to have in place when the big one really does hit. abc's ryan owens has the details. >> reporter: when the earth shakes, a few seconds of warning could mean the difference between life and death. >> strong shaking expected in eight seconds. >> reporter: elizabeth cochran is one of a few dozen people in the united states who actually gets a warning. she's part of a team of 30
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seismologists testing an earthquake warning system that might soon tell californians there's trouble on the way. >> this is telling you that there is an earthquake going on. otherwise, you might sit in your chair and wonder, well is this an earthquake? how big is it going to be? should i do anything? >> reporter: this way, you know it's the real deal. >> that's right. >> reporter: a few seconds that could give people time to jump under their desks. a heads-up to trigger trains to slow down so they don't derail. and make elevators stop at the nearest floor so people aren't trapped. right now, only japan has a sophisticated warning system. credited with saving countless lives in the massive quake that triggered the tsunami earlier this year. >> if washington, d.c. had the earthquakes that japan has, we'd have had this system a long time ago. >> reporter: the japanese send out text messages and interrupt television when sensors detect a quake. their system cost $500 million to develop. experts estimate it would cost $100 million just to do the same
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in the state of california. scientists like elizabeth cochran hope to soon give americans the same warning she has. but for federal and state governments awash in red ink, those seconds come at a very high price. ryan owens, abc news, pasadena, california. >> any warning will be good. >> absolutely. >> hope they get that out fast. >> we could use it. and that is what is making news in america this morning. >> be sure to stay with us for "good morning america." thanks again for watching, everybody. and have a great wednesday. good morning. topping the news this morning, word from iran, soon they will be free. josh fattal and shane bauer are reportedly about to be released from iranian prison where they spent the last

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